By Wayne Veysey

17th Aug, 2016 | 12:45pm

Joey Barton mocks Brendan Rodgers appearance ahead of Celtic tie

By Tom Blackburn

Joey Barton has mocked the appearance of Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, claiming he is having a mid-life crisis.

Celtic are preparing for their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday night, which will see them welcome Hapoel Beer Sheva to Parkhead.

Rangers midfielder Barton spoke on Wednesday morning and teased Rodgers about his pedicured look.

“I’ve not managed to run into him [in Glasgow] yet,” Barton told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show. “The places he goes and the places I go probably differ, y’know, with the tan and the teeth and all that.

“They’re not the kind of establishments I rock up at, I’m not having a mid-life crisis.”

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Barton also made predictions about the Premier League, claiming Arsenal would not make the top-four.

Rangers were promoted to the Scottish Premiership and face Celtic in September in the league for the first time in four years, with many looking to the battle between Barton and The Hoops captain Scott Brown in the middle of the park as a key match-up.

It is not the first time Barton has made comments about Rangers rivals, and following their embarrassing 1-0 loss to Gibraltar minnows Lincoln Red Imps earlier this summer he took to Twitter to share his emotions.

Former Manchester City midfielder Barton tweeted a series of emojis at full-time of that match that revealed he was crying with laughter at the Celtic performance.

The Ibrox side have had a mixed start to the Scottish Premiership season, being held 1-1 by Hamilton in their season opener before a Kenny Miller strike saw them beat Dundee United 2-1 on Saturday.

In other Celtic news, Neil Lennon shares what he discussed with Rodgers about their Champions League play-off.